The singles competition at the World Tour Finals has not quite gone according to plan. As of Wednesday, there have been zero three set matches, little drama and an abundance of blowouts. Compared to the doubles competition, the singles event has been horrible.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic appear to be the only two players who have carried over their form from the rest of the season to London.
Let’s not forget: These are the Top 8 players of 2014. They got here on the merit of their performances throughout the season, yet almost all of them have failed to translate that success at the World Tour Finals.
The World Tour Finals usually ends up being a very successful and entertaining event. Though the doubles matches have been tenser affairs, the lackluster singles matches have all but kneecapped this year’s edition.
I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some ways the World Tour Finals could be improved and made more interesting as an event as a whole.
- Surface Variation
The World Tour Finals are now played on indoor hard courts every single year. Players like Djokovic and Federer, who thrive on this surface, are provided with a substantial advantage, where the David Ferrer’s and Rafael Nadal’s of the world would have the event played on clay in an ideal world.
While it would probably be incompatible with the idea of the ATP wanting to have a different venue for the event every couple of years, it would be nice to see the World Tour Finals alternate venues each year to mix in a variety of surfaces.
- Best of Five Set Final
It used to be the case that the final of the season ending championships was a best of five sets affair. This all changed in 2008 when the final was shortened to mirror the earlier rounds of the event.
It would be a bit of extreme to make the entire event best out of five sets – considering the tournament is only one week and the quality of competition could create situations where players are burnt out after only one or two matches.
The last non-Davis Cup singles match of the year is played at the World Tour Finals and it only seems fitting to end the season with a best of five sets match.
- Put Doubles Matches on Second
For most fans, doubles matches are seen as the “warmup” or “appetizer” for the singles match on tap during the World Tour Finals sessions. In almost nearly every session thus far, the doubles match has been better than the following singles match, leaving fans with a heavy sense of anticlimax.
Nothing is ever guaranteed in terms which match will be better or worse, but mixing up the order seems fair and would partially solve the problem of fans being disappointed at the end of sessions this year and leaving with a bad taste in their mouths.
What do you think? Leave your comments and thoughts below.